Donald S. Whitehead

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Donald S. Whitehead
23rd and 28th Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
In office
January 2, 1939 – January 6, 1941
January 6, 1947 – January 1, 1951
Governor C. A. Bottolfsen (1st time)
C. A. Robins (2nd time)
Preceded by Charles C. Gossett (1939)
A. R. McCabe (1947)
Succeeded by Charles C. Gossett (1941)
Edson H. Deal (1951)
Personal details
Born (1888-10-10)October 10, 1888[1]
Three Oaks, Michigan
Died January 2, 1957(1957-01-02) (aged 68)[2]
Boise, Idaho
Political party Republican
Profession druggist

Donald Strehle Whitehead (October 10, 1888 – January 2, 1957) was a Republican politician from Idaho. He served a combined six years as the 23rd and 28th Lieutenant Governor of Idaho between 1939 and 1951.

Whitehead was first elected lieutenant governor in 1938 and served in the first administration of Governor C. A. Bottolfsen. He was elected again in 1946 and served a four-year term under Governor C. A. Robins. He previously served as Speaker of the Idaho State House of Representatives.

In June 1947 Whitehead reported seeing a UFO in Boise. The same day pilot Kenneth Arnold said he saw a similar object near Mount Rainier. The reported sightings received national media coverage.


Political offices
Preceded by
Charles C. Gossett
Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
January 2, 1939–January 6, 1941
Succeeded by
Charles C. Gossett
Preceded by
A. R. McCabe
Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
January 6, 1947–January 1, 1951
Succeeded by
Edson H. Deal